O Come All Ye Fit And Faithful in 2019

New Year's resolutions will inspire many people to get healthy and the Diocese wants to hear from parishes where church space or fellowship is helping foster physical activities at the start of 2019.

Gyms and recreation centres always see a surge in new membership during January and our church halls are already home to hundreds of activity sessions, boasting everything from Baby Ballet and Zumba dance to gentle exercise classes for elder folk.

So it is also certain that many new faces will be seen at the classes and courses taking place in our properties or at church-linked outdoor exercise, such as rambling or cycling groups.

"January is a fantastic time to both encourage and welcome new people to all the healthy things going on in our church spaces," said diocesan Buildings for Mission Officer, Sue Booth.

Archdeacon Andy Jolley of the Bradford Episcopal Area added: "Lots of places such as St Barnabas, Heaton, run slimming, get-fit courses and excercise groups

"The Christian faith is very much about strengthening ourselves spiritually, physically and as whole people."

Fit and Faithful is a month-long feature running on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and everyone is invited to highlight the health and fitness activities in their parish by using #fitandfaithful when when posting on those social media platforms.

Those in need of spiritual support can also turn to Hebrews 12: 12 - 14, which reads:

"For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

"Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees."



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